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Lockdowns Increase Domestic Violence and Potential Harm to Fetuses

News / September 1, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating domestic violence, particularly among low-income families. Research by Maya Rossin-Slater finds that babies born to mothers who experience an assault during...
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Internal Balancing Will Determine India’s Relationships with the US and China, Argues APARC’s Newest Research Scholar

Q&A / September 1, 2020
Indo-Pacific security expert Arzan Tarapore, whose appointment as a research scholar at APARC begins on September 1, discusses India’s military strategy, its balancing act between China and the...
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China Scholars Program: East Asia Through a STEM Lens

Blog / September 1, 2020
The following reflection is a guest post written by Mallika Pajjuri, an alumna of the China Scholars Program and the Reischauer Scholars Program. She is now a student at MIT.
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Reporting for Duty

Blog / September 1, 2020
An investigation into a network of Pakistan-based Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended for coordinated inauthentic behavior reveals mass reporting to silence critics of Islam and Pakistan.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a podium with audience seen at the front

Three Hits and Three Misses: What is Prime Minister Abe’s Legacy?

Commentary / September 1, 2020
Despite this long period as prime minister, it is not entirely clear that Abe accomplished major policy goals.
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Bad Earth

Commentary / August 31, 2020
Every year, humans move more earth and rock than rivers, wind, rain and all other planetary forces combined. And the quantity of rock moved by Anglo American in its century-plus of metal mining...
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Three major nuclear accidents, as seen by young American and Russian professionals

News / August 31, 2020
Young American and Russian professionals examined three major nuclear accidents to assess the causes, responses and consequences. They worked across cultural and disciplinary divides and arrived at a...
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Understanding China's Social Credit System

Q&A / August 31, 2020
Does a tracking system making laws more enforceable actually improve society?
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Extremely unlikely that they will find anything

News / August 28, 2020
A helicopter scan for radioactivity at SF’s former bases had limited value. The city relied on it anyway, using what Gabrielle Hecht calls “a classic playbook around issues of toxicity, radiation and...
Protesters in Minsk, Belarus on 8/16/20

'In Being Together, We Had the Power' - A Belarusian Activist Describes Life on the Front Lines of Minsk Protests

News / August 28, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, Belarusian scholar and activist Aleś Łahviniec explains why people are protesting, and what it feels like to be out on the streets in Minsk.
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Profile | Dan Boneh

Q&A / August 28, 2020
Co-Director, Stanford Cyber Policy Center, Rajeev Motwani Professor in the School of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering
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No Modest Voices: Social Media and the Protests in Belarus

Blog / August 28, 2020
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Telegram have largely become a rallying space for protesters and supporters of the opposition.
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Profile | Nathaniel Persily

Q&A / August 28, 2020
Co-Director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Center and the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School
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Thomas Fingar and Jean Oi Analyze the Choices and Challenges Facing China’s Leaders

News / August 28, 2020
Fingar and Oi joined the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to discuss their edited volume, ‘Fateful Decisions: Choices that Will Shape China’s Future.’
The Japanese delegation onboard the USS Missouri during the surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945.

How WWII Continues to Shape Regional and International Relations in Asia

Q&A / August 27, 2020
In an interview with Stanford News, Gi-Wook Shin, the director of APARC and the Korea Program, describes how divergent perspectives on the legacies of WWII continue to shape different understandings...
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed on August 27 that he is ready to send Russian security forces into neighboring Belarus in support of the country's beleaguered ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Is Putin about to make a costly mistake in Belarus?

Commentary / August 27, 2020
From 2001 to 2004, I was the senior American official to visit Belarus. The United States and European Union were thoroughly dissatisfied with President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s authoritarianism, and...
Energy Department representatives presented the Yucca Mountain license application to the NRC on June 3, 2008

If Trump and Biden agree there shouldn’t be a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, can’t we all?

Commentary / August 26, 2020
Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now it's time for everyone else to accept that Yucca...
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CISAC names 2020-21 fellows and researchers

News / August 26, 2020
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows and researchers who will be joining us for the 2020-21 academic year. These scholars will spend the...
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Research Looks at Policy Fix for Hepatitis C Infections in Prisons

News / August 25, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, to guarantee prisoners a minimum basic level of health care. Yet even...
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Training for the Olympics During COVID-19

Blog / August 25, 2020
The sports world has been dramatically affected by COVID-19. Not only has there been a significant decline of events for the spectator—both in person and on television—but the impact on the...
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Update on the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program

News / August 24, 2020
A short update from the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, including our reveal of the next cohort of fellows.
A 1945 photo of the “Calutron Girls” of the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tennessee includes only one Black employee, despite the instrumental role of Black women at the facility. The image has been altered to bring focus to her

A call for antiracist action and accountability in the US nuclear community

Commentary / August 24, 2020
As part of the ensuing national racial reckoning, institutions within the US nuclear community have issued statements condemning systemic racism. The nuclear community must go beyond acknowledgement...
A man with interacts with 'Emiew,' a humanoid robot.

“Co-Bots,” Not Overlords, Are the Future of Human-Robot Labor Relationships

News / August 24, 2020
Yong Suk Lee and Karen Eggleston’s ongoing research into the impact of robotics and AI in different industries indicates that integrating tech into labor markets adjusts, but doesn’t replace, the...
Ashley Styczynski shows a colleague in Bangladesh how to wear an N95 mask to protect her against COVID-19.

Rosenkranz Prize Winner Leads Effort to Protect Health-Care Workers from COVID-19 in Under-Resourced Countries

News / August 22, 2020
Stanford postdoc Ashley Styczynski and collaborators build a website devoted to protecting health-care workers in under-resourced countries, using infographics and videos to show them how to create,...
Religious artifacts in the city of Nagasaki lay destroyed after the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city, September 1945

Hiroshima and the Myths of Military Targets and Unconditional Surrender

News / August 21, 2020
Every year, in early August, new articles appear that debate whether the dropping of the atomic bombs in 1945 was justified. Earlier this month, the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki...